10 BEST DRONES
With the popularity of recreational drones growing, there are more and more to choose from each year, and yes, it can be a little overwhelming, even to me. I sometimes find it hard keeping up with all of them, but I feel it’s it’s my job as a hobbyist and admin of this website, to provide information on as many drones I can get my hands on! So with this post and in no particular order, I’m going to narrow down the top 10 best drones available today!
YUNEEC Typhoon G Quadcopter RTF Drone
If you’re looking for a great quality drone that’s able to take amazing pictures and video for under $500, this would be your answer. Costing less than the Phantom, The Typhoon G features a 3-axis gimbal to mount your GoPro camera, which is great when you’re watching real time footage from a built-in screen on your remote. This quadcopter can reach speeds of 17 mph, and has a flying time of around 20 minutes on a fully charged battery. Price: $499.
Parrot AR 2.0 Elite
On the off chance that Parrot’s Bebop drone is excessively expensive, the more established AR 2.0 model has justified a look. This popular drone is great for anyone on a budget, costing around $300.
Using a smart device like your android or iPad, you can download the AR.FreeFlight Control App, connect it to your drone via the built-in WiFi and watch real time footage from the ground, as well as edit and share your videos within the app.
This quadcopter has various sensors for a smoother flying experience, has great handling and an auto-pilot system. Not to mention it also has the ability to pull off some awesome acrobatics like flips and barrel rolls.
DJI Inspire 1
DJI’s Inspire 1 is a truly masterful quadcopter, capable of capturing 4K videos and 12 megapixels pictures. With the 3-axis gimbal, you can steadily film in one direction as the drone makes turns. Included in the box is a 16GB micro memory card so you can save videos internally, as well as watch a 720p live feed to your smart device via the DJI Lightbridge app.
A second transmitter (radio controller) can be added (not included) so as one person operates the drone, the other can control the camera movements.
The quadcopter’s responses are quick and smooth, making it one of the easiest to learn to fly.
Costing just under $2400, the Inspire 1 is one for professionals, or serious hobbyists wanting the one of the greatest drones out there!
3D Robotics’ Solo was built as a companion to the GoPro HERO, that specializes in taking beautiful HD videos and pictures. There are actually two versions available, the Solo with a gimbal and one without, with the difference being around $200. So with this unit, you’re going to need to attach your own GoPro camera.
Not only are there “safety nets”, but this quadcopter comes packed with amazing unique features, for instance, your drone can lock on an object, eg, a building, and orbit around it, maintaining speed and altitude. Makes for some great cinematography.
With a flying time of around 15-20 minutes, and costing around $929, this magnificent drone definitely will not disappoint.
DJI Phantom 3 Advance
The mid-range of the Phantom series, this quadcopter is one of the highest selling drones from DJI, and it’s no surprise why. Advanced comes complete with a 2.7K camera and 3-axis gimbal, and can take 12 megapixels pictures. There are different settings for the gimbal, including fixing on an object, moving it manually using your transmitter or the DJI app via an Android or Apple device.
Even though you can operate this manually, relying on a GPS-based navigation system is the way to go for the smoothest and most controlled shots, and is a feature most videographers will opt for.
If you ever lose signal or the quadcopter’s low on battery, the Return to Home Fail Safe will kick in, meaning it will bring itself to fly 60 ft in the air to the location it took off from, and land itself there.
Advanced costs around $800 and in my opinion, this is worth every dollar if you’re not willing to buy the Professional.
Walkera Runner 250
What happens when a group of enthusiasts with quadcopters get together? They have drone races! Drone races are now more popular than ever, and with the Walkera Runner 250, you cannot go wrong!
This ready-to-fly (RTF) quadcopter can reach speeds up to 25 mph, comes with a first-person-view (FPV) camera and a 5.8 GHz video transmitter. The Runner 250 has a flight time of around 12-14 minutes, however, charging the battery takes over an hour. Its rigid carbon fiber frame makes maintenance and upgrades simple.
This racer costs around $290 and I reckon this will give you the advantage over your competitors!
BLADE Nano QX RTF Quadcopter
This prominent Nano costs just around $90, and would likely make a ton of children cheer on Christmas morning. Yes, this quadcopter is considered a toy, and whilst it’s great for children (with adult supervision, of course), there’s no rule to say grown-ups can’t have one either. If you’re still not sure if drones are really for you, and want something small enough to fly indoors, this is your answer.
It has 8 minutes of flying time, comes with a USB battery charger and spare propellers.
While operating in Stability Mode, SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology will keep your mini-quadcopter in an upright and stable condition. While using Agility Mode gives you more control, enabling you to reach faster speeds and increased maneuverability.
UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone
The latest from UDI, this intelligent quadcopter costs just $120, and is jam packed with amazing features such as a 2MP HD camera with a resolution of 1280 x 720, it’s equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, which allows for strong stability, easy maneuvering and resistance against strong winds, and a Return Home function. This is a great entry level camera quad that’s extremely easy to learn to fly and control in the air. Price: $120.
Cheerson CX20 Auto-Pathfinder
Cheerson’s CX20 can be compared to DJI Phantom 3 and is quite often favored as it is considerably cheaper, costing around $280 while still including many exciting features. First off, this quadcopter comes with a camera mount that fits a GoPro camera, unfortunately, the camera is not included. Comes with a Fail Safe and Return Home mode, that allows your drone to fly to its original take-off spot and land safely.
You can effectively control this drone up to 300 meters due to the 2.4G ISM frequency. And with the frequency hopping anti-interference design, you can have two controllers work at the same time and still maintain a remote communications link.
Flying time is around 15 minutes, however, with a camera equipped, flying time becomes a little less due to the increased weight.
This is another great quad to start with if you’re new to drones and after a good quality camera drone. Price: $283.50.
Hubsan H107D X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter
This amazing mini quad from Hubsan is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet still manages to have a camera equipped. The camera is 0.3 megapixels, and with the built-in screen on the transmitter, you can see real-time 640 x 480 resolution FPV footage as you’re flying your drone. Videos can be recorded to an SD card that can be inserted into the controller.
Flight time is around 7 minutes and is quite impressive given its size. While it just takes half an hour to recharge the battery via USB. Much faster than larger drones.
At around $150, I would recommend this for first timers or supervised children, and will likely bore more experienced flyers.
There you have it. From what you can see here, you really don’t need to go all out and spend thousands on a top of the line drone, there are many respectable names here that hold the line quite well when it comes to affordable drones, able of taking beautiful videos and pictures, without spending hours just to learn how to fly the thing. Whichever you decide on, all I can say to you is: follow the regulations and happy flying!
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